Wildlife will get a helping hand thanks to work at Doxey’s Pool

Thursday 23rd November 2017

The county’s largest nature conservation charity is protecting a beauty spot from erosion to restore it to a former glory and to benefit wildlife.

In recent years, the southern edge of Doxey’s Pool at The Roaches, near Leek, has eroded away due to the many thousands of people who visit the attraction each year. This has caused water levels in the pool to drop, allowing large volumes of water to wash down the footpath during times of rain, causing serious erosion.

Now, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has begun work to restore the pool to protect against erosion in the future. The Trust is carefully using heather brash and living turf to encourage heather, sedges and grasses to colonise the bare peat binding it together with their roots. The new vegetation will cover a bund that will hold water back in Doxey’s Pool, preventing erosion and restoring the pool to its former water level.

The work is being undertaken by the Roaches warden, Jon Rowe, and the loyal and hard-working volunteers at the reserve.

Surveys have shown Doxey’s Pool in its current state supports virtually no invertebrate life – but this work on the pool will help wildlife such as caddisflies, damselflies and dragonflies thrive.

Jon said: “Doxey’s Pool is one of two upland tarns in North Staffordshire and as such is really quite special. Unfortunately, due to its popularity it looks less like its cousin, the Mermaid Pool and more like a giant muddy puddle at times.

“These works will help us re-establish the natural moorland vegetation strengthening Doxey against erosion in the future, benefiting wildlife and returning Doxey to the beautiful attraction that it deserves to be.

"In addition to the works to the pool, we will also be restoring further sections of the footpath network on the Roaches over the next three winters where they have become badly eroded.

“During the process of repairing Doxey's Pool, which will take several weeks, the works area may look muddy but all will be worthwhile when the end product will be a beautiful Doxey once again for all to enjoy.”

Pic attached shows the work taking place at Doxey's Pool